Keith Kirkwood (born December 26, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Temple.

Keith Kirkwood
No. 18 – New Orleans Saints
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1994-12-26) December 26, 1994 (age 25)
Neptune Township, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Neptune (Neptune Township, New Jersey)
College:Temple
Undrafted:2018
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions:13
Receiving yards:209
Receiving touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com

Early life and educationEdit

Kirthwood was born and raised in Neptune Township, New Jersey. He went to Green Grove Elementary school. Kirkwood played both basketball and football at Neptune High School, from which he graduated in 2013.[1]

College careerEdit

Kirkwood attended and played for Temple University after transferring from the University of Hawaii.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
221 lb
(100 kg)
4.45 s 1.63 s 2.66 s 4.43 s 6.94 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
16 reps
All values from Temple’s Pro Day.[2]

On May 1, 2018, the New Orleans Saints signed Kirkwood as an undrafted free agent to a three-year, $1.72 million contract that includes $42,000 guaranteed and a signing bonus of $17,000.[3]

Throughout training camp, Kirkwood competed for a roster spot as a backup wide receiver against Austin Carr, Tommylee Lewis, Brandon Coleman, Josh Huff, Travin Dural, and Eldridge Massington.[4] On September 1, 2018, the New Orleans Saints waived Kirkwood as part of their final roster cuts, but signed him to their practice squad the following day after clearing waivers.[5]

On November 10, 2018, the New Orleans Saints promoted Kirkwood from their practice squad to their active roster after newly acquired free agent Dez Bryant tore his Achilles tendon during practice.[6] The Saints placed multiple wide receivers on injured reserve after sustaining injuries, including Ted Ginn Jr., Tommylee Lewis, Travin Dural, and Cameron Meredith.[7] Kirkwood became the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart upon joining the active roster, behind Michael Thomas, Tre'Quan Smith, and Austin Carr.[8]

On November 11, 2018, Kirkwood made his professional regular season debut and caught two passes for 45-yards and made one tackle on special teams during a 51–14 victory at the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10.[9]

On September 17, 2019, Kirkwood was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.[10] He was designated for return from injured reserve on November 13, 2019, and began practicing with the team again.[11] However, he was not activated by the end of the three-week practice window on December 4, 2019, and remained on injured reserve for the rest of the season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Keith Kirkwood, Temple Owls football. Accessed November 12, 2018. "Hometown: Neptune, N.J. High School: Neptune.... A 2013 graduate of Neptune High School in New Jersey"
  2. ^ "Keith Kirkwood, DS #29 WR, Temple". DraftScout.com. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Spotrac.com: Keith Kirkwood contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Saunders, Dylan (July 18, 2018). "New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver Competition". allsaintsconsidered.com. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "New Orleans Saints: Transactions (2018)". neworleanssaints.com. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Saints Promoting wide receiver Keith Kirkwood to Active Roster". Nola.com. November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "Saints lose wide receiver Cameron Meredith to knee surgery". ESPN.com. November 8, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ourlads.com: New Orleans Saints Depth Chart (11/10/2018)". Ourlads.com. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "NFL Player stats: Keith Kirkwood (2018)". NFL.com. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "Saints make multiple roster moves, send Keith Kirkwood to I.R." Saints Wire. USA Today. September 17, 2019.
  11. ^ {[cite news |author=Fazende, Sean |title=Saints designate WR Keith Kirkwood for return from injured reserve |url=https://www.ksla.com/2019/11/13/saints-designate-wr-keith-kirkwood-return-injured-reserve/ |website=KSLA.com |date=November 13, 2019 |accessdate=November 13, 2019}}

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